Ranger

National Trust

Helston, Cornwall
£19,349 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Reference: IRC65446

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Tuesday, 29th May 2018   2 days left


Fixed Term f/t (37.5 hrs pw for 24 mo)

Summary

The voice of our landscapes, conservation champions and lovers of all things outdoors, you’ll help to keep the British countryside and coast wonderful. Working in some of the nation’s most stunning places and spaces, come rain or shine, your love of the outdoors will inspire others as you strive to ensure that landscapes are beautifully presented and continue to take our visitors’ breath away.

The nature of the role will require regular weekend working and some lone working. You will be based at the National Trust Ranger base at Poltesco (TR12 7LR).

If you want to know more about the role please do not hesitate to contact Rachel Holder, Area Ranger on 01326 291174 or email rachel.holder@nationaltrust.org.uk

What it's like to work here

The Lizard Peninsula has some of the most dramatic coastline in Cornwall. A combination of the mild maritime climate and complex geology has produced an area with a distinctive character, 2,400 ha of which is designated National Nature Reserve, 360ha of which is in the care of The National Trust. It is an extremely important and diverse area for wildlife, particularly coastal grasslands, heathland and temporary wetland habitats, and is well known for its rare and unusual flora. The call of the iconic Cornish chough is never far away.

Here at the most southerly point of mainland Britain the unspoilt coastal landscape attracts over one million visitors each year. Alongside the vital conservation work we carry out, the Lizard National Trust team, which includes over 100 enthusiastic volunteers, hosts a diverse programme of events. It manages many of the most popular places on the peninsula, including 21 miles of the coast; Mullion Harbour; Kynance and Poldhu Coves; the Helford River Woods; Lizard Wireless Station and the Wildlife Watchpoint at Lizard Point, linked by the popular South West Coast Path national trail. We also manage nine holiday cottages and a campsite.

What you'll be doing

This is a really exciting opportunity. We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and empathetic individual who is passionate about wildlife and conservation, and who wants to inspire others to discover more. The role will be diverse and challenging so you’ll need to be flexible in your approach, but there is a good property team to support you and there will be great job satisfaction

You will focus on supporting the Area Ranger responsible for nature and heritage conservation, and you will also work closely with the wider Ranger team across the Lizard where it helps us achieve our aims.

You will be responsible for elements of the delivery of the Trust’s in-hand agri-environment schemes, which includes management of conservation grazing livestock (Shetland ponies), controlled burning and scrub cutting. You will help recruit and lead volunteers in practical nature and heritage conservation tasks as well as wildlife surveys and monitoring. You will also work closely with our NNR partners, other nature conservation organisations and our farm tenants.

You will help us achieve our ambitions for nature within the Land Outdoors and Nature work theme, and expand our programme for recording and monitoring habitats and wildlife, guided by the organisation’s strategy in this area.

You will also support our established and varied event and engagement work where required as well as assisting with other general work on our wider estate alongside the ranger team.

Who we're looking for

Our team believe that people deserve more than just ‘good service’, but an amazing experience they’ll never forget, and we are looking for like-minded people to join us.

You’ll need to;

  • Understanding and enthusiasm for conservation and land management
  • Countryside/conservation qualification or demonstrable knowledge of the subject
  • Wildlife interest and knowledge
  • Practical experience of countryside/rural skills
  • Brushcutter certificate
  • Be an excellent team player
  • Self-motivated with ability to problem solve and use own initiative.
  • Experience in a land, access and conservation management
  • Livestock management experience
  • A full UK driving licence

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: 29 May 2018

For more information and to apply, please click here.


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